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The D class Lifeboat was the first RNLI inflatable lifeboat, introduced in 1963, and has become the workhorse of the RNLI for during the last 40 years. The design of the D Class has continued to evolve since its introduction, and Austin Burnett is the latest generation of the D Class, known as the IB-1.

The IB-1 is equipped with a single 50hp outboard engine and is ideal for rescues close to the shore where larger lifeboats cannot operate. It can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize and unlike its predecessors, is not restricted to daylight operation. The boat has a crew of 2 or 3, is 16 feet long and has a speed of 25 knots.

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